News (English) - World Health Organization

Corporate news releases, statements, and notes for media issued by the World Health Organization.

  • WHO steps up action to improve access to safe blood

    WHO steps up action to improve access to safe blood

    The World Health Organization’s new action plan to speed up universal access to safe blood and blood products pulls together existing recommendations and recommends new improved ways of working....

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  • WHO launches a digital version of its Model list of Essential Medicines (EML)

    WHO launches a digital version of its Model list of Essential Medicines (EML)

    The World Health Organization has launched a new easy-to-access, digital version of its Model list of Essential Medicines (EML). The move will revolutionize the way this core WHO reference tool is...

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  • A Joint Statement on Tourism and COVID-19 - UNWTO and WHO Call for Responsibility and Coordination

    A Joint Statement on Tourism and COVID-19 - UNWTO and WHO Call for Responsibility and Coordination

    As the current outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) continues to develop, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) are committed to working together...

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  • France pledges US$100 million (€90 million) for WHO Academy

    France pledges US$100 million (€90 million) for WHO Academy

    Geneva: France’s Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian, and Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus,  Director-General of WHO today met at the Permanent Mission of France to the...

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  • Key dates for nursing and midwifery discussions in May 2020

    Key dates for nursing and midwifery discussions in May 2020

    WHO has declared 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife to mark the bicentenary of the birth of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale and to recognize the...

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  • WHO Action framework to advance universal access to safe, effective and quality assured blood products 2020 -2023

    WHO Action framework to advance universal access to safe, effective and quality assured blood products 2020 -2023

    In response to calls for action, WHO has provided guidelines, physical standards, training and technical support to improve blood product quality, safety and availability in WHO regions and in...

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  • Immunization is the best protection against tick-borne encephalitis

    In a new position paper, published in the Weekly Epidemiological Record today, WHO recommends vaccination against tick-borne encephalitis in people of all ages where the disease is highly...

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  • World failing to provide children with a healthy life and a climate fit for their future: WHO-UNICEF-Lancet

    World failing to provide children with a healthy life and a climate fit for their future: WHO-UNICEF-Lancet

    No single country is adequately protecting children’s health, their environment and their futures, finds a landmark report released today by a Commission of over 40 child and adolescent health...

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  • Statement on the meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee for Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republ

    Statement on the meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee for Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republ

    The meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) to review the current Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the...

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  • Assessing national guidelines on responding to violence against children in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

    Assessing national guidelines on responding to violence against children in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

    In 2019 WHO published guidelines on the health sector response to child maltreatment which describe the role of frontline healthcare providers in recognizing child abuse and neglect and providing...

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  • International Day of Women and Girls in Science

    On 11 February, the World Health Organization joined the Royal Academy of Science to commemorate “International Day of Women and Girls in Science” at the United Nations Headquarters.

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  • WHO Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer: progress on all fronts

    WHO Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer: progress on all fronts

     Peru shows the way forward and the courage of Ander Martinez “When Ander was diagnosed, I didn´t have the possibility to cover the cost of the treatment. It was very expensive, and I had...

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  • Four countries in the African region license vaccine in milestone for Ebola prevention

    The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Burundi, Ghana and Zambia have licensed an Ebola vaccine, just 90 days after World Health Organization (WHO) prequalification. Registration of the...

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  • World experts and funders set priorities for COVID-19 research

    World experts and funders set priorities for COVID-19 research

    Leading health experts from around the world have been meeting at the World Health Organization’s Geneva headquarters to assess the current level of knowledge about the new COVID-19 disease,...

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  • Remarks by Dr Michael Ryan, Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme at media briefing on COVID-19 on 13 February 2020

    Good afternoon everyone and apologies for being late, and apologies too from Dr Tedros, who is just about to land in the Democratic Republic of the Congo where he is following up on important...

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  • Ministers to agree new global road safety agenda to 2030

    Ministers to agree new global road safety agenda to 2030

    Government ministers and senior officials from over 100 countries will meet in Stockholm, Sweden from 19-20 February to discuss new steps to halve road traffic deaths and injuries by 2030, in line...

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  • Sharing approaches and challenges to reach cervical cancer elimination targets

    WHO’s Dr Nono Simelela, ADG and Special Adviser to the Director-General on Strategic Programmatic Priorities, presented the draft Global Strategy towards Eliminating Cervical Cancer as a Public...

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  • Launch of STDF 2020-2024 Strategy

    WHO is one of the five founding partners of the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF), with the secretariat at the World Trade Organization. The STDF works to increase the capacity of...

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  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding during an Ebola virus outbreak

    Pregnancy and breastfeeding during an Ebola virus outbreak

    Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding in an Ebola outbreak face similar challenges as other population groups, but they have specific health needs which must be met. As the second largest Ebola...

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  • WHO and FIND formalize strategic collaboration to drive universal access to essential diagnostics

    Geneva, Switzerland – 10 February 2020 – The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) announced today that a memorandum of understanding has been...

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